Kristoffersen edges Hirscher in 1st run of WCup giant slalom

Henrik Kristoffersen edged his fundamental rival Marcel Hirscher for the first-run lead in a World Cup big slalom on Saturday.

Racing first, Kristoffersen was 0.12 seconds quicker than Olympic champion Hirscher down the basic Chuenisbargli course.

Alexis Pinturault was third quickest, with 0.18 to make up within the afternoon second run which usually unfolds in fast-fading mild.

The same trio crammed the Pyeongchang Olympic podium last February.

Stefan Luitz was zero.22 again in fourth, in the future after being stripped of his December win at Beaver Creek, Colorado. The German racer broke International Ski Federation rules by inhaling oxygen from a tank between runs.

Tommy Ford of the USA was fifth quickest in a decent race, trailing Kristoffersen by zero.39.

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